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Favorite places of England

In mid-August, I toured England with my husband and two dear friends. The trip included Worldcon in London, and then off we went for fun and . . . research! My work in progress is a paranormal novel set in England, and  I was excited to really take in and experience  the places I am writing about.

England did not disappoint. As in all travel, we encountered unexpected marvels and mishaps. Trying to get to London from Bath we nearly ended up in Portsmouth, except for the kind intervention of a bunch of rowdy guys sitting in back of us who, when they learned we were heading to London, said “Oh no you’re not!” But not to worry, they worked for the railroad and told us not only where to get off but how to make the right connection, and when. Whew.

Arriving at what I hoped would be the highlight of the trip, the ruined Rievaulx Abbey  on the North York Moors, the gate came down. They were closing! Our schedule did not permit us to drive the long way to come back, but the man kindly let us through, and we had this fabulous ruin to ourselves. The climactic scene of my WIP takes place there, and I would have been heartbroken to have missed it.

Here are some highlights, and more in a future post.

Paddington

Arrival from Heathrow at Paddington Station. Beware, travelers, you need British coin to use the bathrooms!

 

St Pauls at dusk from Blackfriars Bridge.

St Pauls at dusk from Blackfriars Bridge.

 

The Thames from the Arab Emirates gondola.

The Thames from the upper walkway of the Tower Bridge.

Machine Room at Tower Bridge with Victorian apparati to raise the bridge.

At Tower of London, poppies memorializing the fallen in World War 1.

At Tower of London, poppies memorializing each of the fallen from the Great War.

The unearthly and wonderful Rievaulx Abbey on the North York Moors. A Cistercian Abbey so far from towns that it is preserved so much better than most. A haunting, fabulous place.

The fabulous Rievaulx Abbey on the North York Moors. A Cistercian Abbey so far from towns that it is preserved much better than most. A haunting, numinous place.

Loncon report

LonconBack from Loncon and a very long trip to England. Unpacking always seems to take as much time as packing; plus I have organized the many momentos and items of research that I collected for my work in progress, and also came home to a cat who was feeling poorly ExCel bldgand  seemed blameful for my having abandoned him for three weeks, despite the fact that he had a perfectly lovely housekeeper waiting on him. You cat owners will know what I mean.

IMG_0266Loncon? A blast. The venue was the ginormous Excel center in the Docklands, so huge that there was a train stop at each end (I am not lying.) But the con was actually tucked into one end, so it was even easier to navigate than some smaller Worldcons I’ve been to. (I think 8,000 or so attended in London.) While I liked the venue, it was quite a long haul into central London, with the need to either cab it or take the light rail to a tube station. And one Did have to get into London, of course! The dealer’s room had all the excitement of a world con, including this amazing dress.

Summer isles McLeod Best of all, there were thousands seductive  SFF books, with an emphasis, naturally, on British authors, and I loaded up, with an eye to how much I could get in my suitcase considering that I was then going to travel through north and south England . . . I made judicious choices, including this wonderful book by Ian McLeod, a winner of the world fantasy award. Dense, stunning prose, elegaic in tone, it’s an alternate history of 1940’s England, meticulously swordspoint kushnerdrawn. I was privileged to be on a panel on alternate history with Ian MacLeod, and also several other authors including Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the wonderful Assassini books, and a smart, articulate panelist.

I moderated a panel on Imagining the City, a celebration and inquiry into how authors create cities of the imagination. Panelists were Kathleen Ann Goonan, Scott Lynch, Ellen Kushner, and Simon Spanton, publisher at Gollancz. It was great fun to hear a bit about how the magic happens anQueen city jazzd take a closer look at their iconic cities, such as Kushner’s unnamed town in the world of Swordpoint. And then there is Kathleen Ann Goonan’s stunning Cincinnati of Queen City Jazz, a classic, perhaps the best city in SF.

Tom and I took in as much as we could of the con, and snuck out to central London to see St Paul’s, the Tower Bridge, the West End . . . and then at the end of another two weeks of travel, we came back to London to see even more. Next post, more pictures!

St Paul's Stone Gallery KK

Me at St Paul’s stone gallery, 376 steps up from the nave.

 

 

 

 

 

Got Conference?

New York Times bestselling author, Jess Walter

New York Times bestselling author, Jess Walter

Two weeks until the fab writers conference in Easter Washington, Write on the River. Join us May 16-18 in Wenatchee  for workshops, chats with authors, agent/publisher appointments and a keynote by the amazing Jess Walter!

Conferences like this one can instruct, inspire and impact your writing life. And in Wenatchee, the weather is warm, and wine country beckons for an extended stay.

We’ll have our usual emphasis on fiction and nonfiction, along with key workshops on self publishing. Our guest agent is Andrea Hurst. Special sessions from Larry Brooks, one of the most sought-after writing teachers in the country. He’ll teach a class on Saturday and a half day master class on Sunday. Fifteen workshops to choose from, all in the beautiful campus setting of Wenatchee Valley College.

Write on the River Conference

May 16 (evening keynote) and May 17-18

Register here. Info on workshops/faculty:  WOTR website.

Our lineup of workshops includes:

FICTION

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Larry Brooks

  • Characterization
  • The structure of the novel
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • YA writing
  • an evening with Jess Walter (Friday, May 16)

 

 

Wendy Call on creative nonfiction

Wendy Call on creative nonfiction

NONFICTION and PUBLISHING:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • The nonfiction book: how to begin
  • Agent and editor appointments
  • Internet marketing
  • Publishing: what traditional publishers are looking for
  • New publishing: hybrids and do-it-yourself

 

 

Jason Brick on self publishing

Jason Brick on self publishing

Agent Andrea Hurst

Agent Andrea Hurst

 

 

 

 

 

Best little writing conference around

You gotta love it. Write on the River in Wenatchee. Join us in wine country May 16-18 for sunshine, workshops, exciting teachers, and the great Jess Walter.

Featuring:

Jess WalterJess Walter, Keynoter. Friday evening, May 16. Author of Beautiful Ruins. Walter is brilliant and funny, humble and inspiring. Meet Jess and enjoy an evening of words and wine. Separate tickets to this event only $15.

 

 

HurstGuest agent, Andrea Hurst who will hear pitches and talk about Crafting Fiction and Memoir that sells.

 

Sunday Master class and Saturday story engineering class with Larry Brooks, author of Story Oct 13 HeadshotPhysics and the Wolf Schmidt thriller Deadly Faux.

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Guest Editor Beth Bacon from Booktrope, a hybrid publisher that has the chops to produce a quality book, put together a marketing team, and share the revenues with the author.

 

Plus: Nonfiction with Wendy Call and Peter Stark, science fiction and fantasy with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead, fiction with Craig English, social media with Jason Brick, YA writing with Suzanne Selfors and much more!

Registration now open!

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On the road

I’ll be getting around a bit in the next several weeks. Love to see some of you at these events: (I realize I live in the upper left hand corner of the country . . . but hey, how about San Diego?)

PybusPybus Market Author Signing. Wenatchee, WA. Saturday, Feb 8, 11:00- 2:00 p.m.

Think Locals First! I’ll be at Pybus farmers market to sign with fifteen other local writers. Authors include Derek Sheffield, Bill Layman, Robert Wells, Patricia Clark, Theresa Monsey. Door prizes and a book buzz!

 

journalism deptWenatchee High School Journalism Class Fundraiser.  Pybus Market, Wenatchee, WA. Thursday, Feb 13, 6:30.

All proceeds to WHS nationally acclaimed publication, Apple Leaf, and year book. Dave Herald from Sunny FM will MC, and I’ll be giving a nice little talk on what to believe and not believe about being a novelist.

RadconRadcon SciFi/Fantasy Convention. Pasco, WA. Feb 14-16.

Guest of Honor Mike Resnick! Yes, the great man is coming to Eastern Washington, and we are ready! Here’s my schedule.

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at: http://www.kaykenyon.com/about-kay-kenyon/#sthash.6HZhCdGM.dpuf
Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at: http://www.kaykenyon.com/about-kay-kenyon/#sthash.6HZhCdGM.dpuf

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visit

Fri Feb 14. Plots Within Plots

Sat Feb 15. Autographing

Sat Feb 15. Alternate History

Sat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)

Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things

Condor Condor. San Diego. Mar 21-24.

Another great SFF con. Sunny San Diego this time. I’ll be there. Hope to see some of you!

#SFWApro

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at: http://www.kaykenyon.com/about-kay-kenyon/#sthash.6HZhCdGM.dpuf